Comparison between 2016 surgical strike and Balakot air strike

This image made out of Google Maps locates Balakot town in Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan.  

On Tuesday, the India Air Force conducted air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad terror training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot, by crossing the Line of Control. The air strikes remind us of the surgical strike conducted by the Indian Army on September 27, 2016.

Here is a comparison between 2016 surgical strike and Balakot air strike


2016 surgical strike

2019 air strike


Uri terror attack, 19 Army soldiers killed

Pulwama terror attack, 40 CRPF killed

Modus Operandi

Four terrorists sneaked into Army base

Suicide bomber hit convoy in a car laden with explosives

Claimed by

Investigations revealed that terrorists belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed tanzeem

JeM claimed responsibility soon after the attack

Terror time

11 days

12 days

Indian response

Ground based surgical strike

Aerial precision strike

Resource employed

Army Para Special Forces

Mirage-2000 fighters with precision guided munitions

Announced by

DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale

Target area

Pakistan Occupied Kashmir



Terrorist launch pads along

Major terrorist training camp

Pakistan response

Total denial

Confirmed ingress at Balakot, but denied any damage

Indian statement

“Based on very credible and specific information which we received yesterday that some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launch pads along the LoC… the Indian army conducted surgical strikes last night at these launch pads.

Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country... In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary.

In an intelligence led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot.

Indian line

“The operations aimed at neutralizing the terrorists have since ceased. We do not have any plans for continuation of further operations.”

“...this non-military preemptive action was specifically targeted at the JeM camp.”

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